9 August 2013

Brighton Ladies Day


Although I'm not much of a gambler, I do enjoy a visit to the races. If there's an excuse to wear a lovely dress, high heels and a something flashy on my head then I'm game!

On a sunny Thursday morning, Mary, Chantelle, Nichola and I hopped on the train from London Bridge and whizzed down to Brighton (it only takes around 50 minutes). Following our brilliant night out in Manchester earlier this year, we thought ladies day at the races followed by a night on the town would be a fabulous follow up.

We checked into our hotel to freshen up. We stayed at The Twenty One on Charlotte Street which I would recommend to anyone staying in Brighton. Owners Matt and Andy are fantastic and the complimentary goodies like homemade chocolate cake in our room, bottled water and wine just added to the experience!


We were ready to rock.

The race course was only a five minute taxi ride from the hotel. A glistening sea of ladies in glamorous frocks made their way through the turnstiles to place some bets, drink champagne and hopefully come away a few quid up.


Not sure about the relevance of that weird mascot!

This flat racing course takes the form of a horseshoe one and a half miles in length. For the fact fans out there, this makes it one of few British courses not to form a complete circuit.

We were really lucky with the weather. It was a little windy but sunny and not too hot. It was gorgeous standing outside watching the races from the balcony outside.

We'd booked the hospitality package which included a three-course meal and a table in the restaurant for the whole day. We could still disappear off to place bets and watch the races but it was great to have a base to come back to.


The food was rather nice too!


We placed bets on each race with a mixed bag of luck


It didn't start out too well!


I lost the first four races but made my money back and more when I bet a tenner on an outsider!


£42.50! Result!


Unfortunately we returned to the hotel without the diamond necklace up for grabs in the best dressed competition. Obviously the spotters just didn't see us! 


It was time for an outfit change for our night out on the town.

Brighton is famed for its nightlife which is exciting, varied and well worth exploring. There are tons of options for a night out and both the gay and straight bar and club scene is very much alive and kicking.


Much of the nightlife was right on our hotel doorstep. We started off having a few cocktails in a quirky pub...


where I made a couple of little friends


So cute!

We moved from bar to bar, gossiping, dancing and generally having a very fun time indeed.


It was a fabulous day and night with three equally as fabulous ladies. There may have been a couple of sore heads the next morning but it was definitely worth it!

I headed back to London the next morning in slightly less glamorous attire than the day before. 
My favourite retro t-shirt!


Have a lovely weekend everyone! x

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16 comments:

  1. Caroline, your outfit is beautiful! I love the gorgeous vivid colour :)

    Lucy x

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    1. Thank you Lucy! I'm a big fan of orange
      Cx

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  2. You must had a great time! A trip to Brighton just added to my "to-do" UK list! :-)

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    1. You definitely should, it's a real fun day and night out. Lots of great places to eat too.
      Cx

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  3. Ahhh Caroline this looks epic! The races are so much fun aren't they?!
    You all look absolutely stunning, and I love your fascinator...
    Sad that I've never been to Brighton, it looks buzzing!
    Emily xx
    My Ginger Bread Journey

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    1. Yeah, I love going to the races. Never fails to be a fun day out!

      You should definitely check out Brighton some time :)

      I hope you're well!

      Cx

      P.S. The bubble chair has arrived! :D

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  4. It looks like a perfect day with lots of fun and great friends, and you look so beautiful in that dress :) I'm definitely going to put Brighton on my list for places to visit when I'm going back to Britain! Thanks for sharing :)

    xx
    Camilla
    kapteinmoe.blogspot.no

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    1. Thank you so much Camilla. It's worth a visit!
      Cx

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  5. I absolutely love a day at the races. We went to one last week too, at Ffos Las, west Wales. Was not as posh as yours looked though. Your friends look so much fun, ain't life great!
    Di
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    1. I know, the races is such a fun day out! And yes my friends are lots of fun, they definitely keep me entertained! :D
      Cx

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  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE the fascinator hats!!! It's one of my fave accessories!!

    xx
    ileana

    www.ileanamarcel.com

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  7. You all look gorgeous! I've always wanted to try a day out at the races, and your pics have persuaded me that I definitely need to go soon.

    The food looked delicious - I'm so jealous :)

    Hmm maybe...

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  8. ahh yey, the fascinator! you look way too cool Caroline.

    Teffy || Teffys Perks Blog ||

    Xx

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  9. Ah the dresses so pretty!
    But down to business, red bag! Where can't get one of those?!? X

    Justine Cashmere Times

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    1. Hi Justine! In the flesh it's actually a very deep orange rather than red. I got it from DKNY a good few months ago but I'm sure they still do something similar
      Cx

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  10. I'm vegan. So this is not a great place for me to go but sometimes when I'm with a group or with workmates, I try to just go with the flow. Nowadays most places have at least one item on the menu for veggies or the health conscious so it's usually a non-issue for me. Taxi Brighton to London

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